Question / Taiwan: Elections

Q Asked by Lord Steel of Aikwood
Asked on: 15 January 2020

Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Taiwan: Elections / HL476

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the outcome of the election in Taiwan; and in particular, of its impact on Hong Kong.

A Answered by: Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon
Answered on: 24 January 2020

The Foreign Secretary’s statement on 11 January noted that the presidential and legislative elections in Taiwan were testament to Taiwan’s vibrant democracy. He congratulated the people of Taiwan on the smooth conduct of those elections and to Dr Tsai Ing-wen and her party on her re-election. The Foreign Secretary expressed his hope that the two sides of the Taiwan Strait would renew dialogue to resolve differences and build constructive relations across the Strait.

We have not yet made an assessment of the impact of the elections in Taiwan on Hong Kong.  It is clear, however, that many people in Hong Kong followed the elections with interest.